Teen reveals horror injuries after ex boyfriend's drug driving crash

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Sarah Cornish suffered broken bones and a fractured spine (Pic: SWNS)

Sarah Cornish, 18, suffered a fractured spine, broken legs and a broken arm when her ex boyfriend crashed his car with her inside.

Kieran Moore, 19, had been driving the car at more than twice the speed limit and was above the alcohol limit with both ketamine and benzoylecgonine – the main compound found in cocaine – in his system.

Passenger Sarah had to be cut from the wreckage of the Ford Fiesta, in Fobbing, Essex on May 5 last year.

Sarah was picked up by her ex, along with two friends at around 11.15pm that evening. Moore hit a parked car as he drove them away from a pub, in Grays.

Sarah Cornish, 18, was badly injured in the car crash in Essex (Pic: SWNS)

Sarah was taken to the Royal London Hospital where medics inserted metal rods and pins in her legs from her knee to her hips.

Sarah, from South Ockendon, Essex said she would never have got in the car if she knew what’s in his system.

She added: “I remember being in the car with my seat-belt on and then without warning, it suddenly started to speed up.

“I do not remember the moment of impact but I have been told that the passenger side took all the impact.

“Before the accident I was fit and healthy.

“I would not have got in his car that night if I had known Kieran had been drinking and taking drugs.”

Moore was sentenced to three years in prison at Basildon Crown Court, Essex.

Miss Cornish has warned others to make sure they do not get in cars with intoxicated drivers (Pic: SWNS)

Imogen Lowden, specialist serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Sarah, said after the hearing: “Driving while unfit through alcohol or drugs should have no place in society today.

“Sarah has made tremendous progress so far in her recovery but still faces many challenges to overcome her injuries the best she can.

“We will continue to support Sarah throughout her recovery.”

Sarah added: “Coming to terms with my injuries was really difficult.

“I am a very determined person and did not like other people having to do things for me.

“However, that determination means I do not want to let what happened affect my life.

“I know I have many challenges ahead but I am determined to overcome my injuries the best I can.

“I just hope that by speaking out drivers are aware of the misery they can cause by breaking the law”.

Kieran Moore, of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol and drugs.

Moore also received a five-and-a-half year driving ban and will have to take an extended re-test once that ban expires.

Another charge of causing actual bodily harm to another passenger, which Moore denied, was allowed to lie on file.

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